The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project is the only cultural resource in the United States dedicated to interpreting the cultural legacy of Welsh immigrants on the Great Plains. We reveal this history as told by the settlers themselves through their own words, images and artifacts.
Come visit our Heritage Centre in downtown Wymore where exhibits tell the story of immigration from Wales and the contributions of Welsh settlers to the development of the Great Plains region. The commemoration of our Welsh heritage continues outdoors with our mural titled “Wales to Nebraska” by David Loewenstein and our Welsh garden, which provides a green, tranquil space for you to enjoy.
We host several events throughout the year to promote the Welsh-American heritage of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Check our home page for upcoming activities.
Adjoining our Heritage Centre is the Archive for Welsh America, home to a growing collection of documents, manuscripts and photographs related to Welsh-American history. We also provide archival space for several Welsh-American organizations.
Because we have access to primary sources written or published in the Welsh language, we may be able to assist with your genealogical or historical research. Using our microfilm and paper copies of the Welsh-American newspaper Y Drych (The Mirror), we can provide lookups of individuals who lived in Welsh communities across the United States and Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries. We are also able to provide some translations from Welsh to English. Our own research has revealed that Welsh immigrants often wrote more candidly in their own language, revealing more authentic accounts of their experiences as they lived them.
Gwenith (Closs) Colgrove
President of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project
Gwenith (Closs)Colgrove has assumed the role of President of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project.
Gwenith was born and raised in Wymore, Nebraska on a family farm owned since 1878. She is very proud of being a part of the Bethel Welsh Community located south of Wymore. Gwenith’s father, Ellsworth Closs, passed away in 2000, and his family dedicated the memorial gifts to support the creation of a Welsh museum honoring the heritage of many Welsh families who immigrated to the Wymore area.
Gwenith has been the featured soloist at many Welsh functions and has competed on the national level singing in Welsh.
Gwenith follows the hard work and dedication of Berwyn Jones and Martha Davies who brought the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project to the forefront throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Please plan a visit to the Welsh Centre and the schoolhouse in McCandless Park.